Advice needed on first African Safari
I'm trying to plan my first (maybe my only) safari. I am pretty set on Namibia. I would like some advice on making sure this an enjoyable trip with no big surprises. The questions below are for a safari I am hoping will cost $10,000 at the most
1. How do I choose a good outfitter? I want a decent place to sleep and good food but I don't need luxury, I want good hunting, fair chase, prefer spot and stalk. I don't want to be at a place where I am one of many hunters...
2. Are package hunts a better choice then daily rates and trophy fees? I would like to stay around $6000 or less for the "hunt". Kudu and Imapala is a must. I am thinking of maybe trying to get a Oryx and Red Hartebeest as well for around that price. Is 7 days enough hunting time for that? Will I wish later that I would have spent more money and gotten more animals?
3. What can I expect the approx cost will be to pack and dip the above trophies and export them to the USA? Is that a better way to do it then to have them mounted in Africa?
4. I am very comfortable with my 300 Win mag up to 300yds and deer hunt alot. Will this set up work for me over there?
Any advice is appreciated, I just don't want this trip to turn into a horror story like some I have read. $10k is a chunk of money for me but worth it for a once in a lifetime trip.